National Groundwater Week: Septic to Sewers

National Groundwater Week: Septic to Sewers

Ever wondered how a community addresses the challenges of outdated septic systems and transitions to a modern sewer infrastructure? As we continue to celebrate National Groundwater Week, we spotlight the Inc. Village of Patchogue, a community that took on this formidable task in collaboration with H2M, recognizing the pressing need for change in their neighborhood.

The Septic Challenge

For years, Patchogue grappled with inadequate drainage, frequent street flooding, and the limitations of on-site septic systems. As the community evolved from an area of summer homes to a bustling residential area, the strain on existing infrastructure became increasingly evident.

Flooding Woes and Sanitary System Struggles

Streets regularly transformed into temporary waterways, creating a nuisance for residents. The groundwater, a mere two feet below grade, posed challenges with on-site sanitary systems, affecting the quality of life in this village.

Transition to Sewer Solutions

Recognizing the urgency, the Village initiated a comprehensive plan to install a low-pressure sewer system with grinder pump stations. This undertaking spans multiple projects, with the most recent focus being on equipping 220 homes in the South Patchogue residential community.

Meet the Team Behind this Transformation

Leading the charge in the Patchogue sewer project are dedicated professionals committed to turning challenges into opportunities:

Chris Weiss, P.E., Project Director: Bringing extensive experience and a strategic vision, Chris Weiss, P.E., oversaw the entire project. As Project Director, his leadership guides the team towards effective solutions and ensures the successful implementation of the sewer system.

Greg Levasseur, P.E., Project Manager: With a keen eye for detail and a knack for project management, Greg Levasseur, P.E., plays a crucial role as the Project Manager. His expertise in coordinating various aspects of the initiative ensures seamless execution from planning to implementation.

James Vierling, P.E., Design and Construction Lead: As the Design and Construction Lead, James Vierling, P.E. is on the front lines, overseeing the day-to-day activities of the project. His technical expertise and hands-on approach contributed to the efficient and high-quality implementation of the sewer system.

Environmental Impact and Beyond

The initiative wasn’t just about infrastructure; it was about sustainability. Studies highlighted the environmental toll of excessive nitrogen from existing sanitary systems, prompting a holistic approach to address both flooding and ecological concerns.

Innovative Solutions and Collaborative Efforts

From porous concrete gutters to drainage pipes, stone storage, and a vegetated stormwater basin, various projects embraced these innovative solutions. Collaborative efforts with utility providers, local authorities, and residents were pivotal in steering the project towards success.

Funding the Future

Securing support from DASNY grants, NYS Environmental Grant Funding, Suffolk County ARPA, and the Village of Patchogue Sewer Fund showcased a commitment to a brighter, flood-free future. The project’s success allowed for the abandonment of existing on-site sanitary systems, creating a more efficient and sustainable wastewater management system.

Beyond Patchogue

The success of Patchogue’s septic-to-sewer transition has resonated beyond its borders. The Patchogue project’s success story is now a beacon for Suffolk County, influencing a broader approach to Suffolk County Watershed Sewer Projects.

Building a Resilient Future Together

Patchogue’s journey is a testament to a community’s resilience and determination to evolve. Together, we pave the way for more sustainable and environmentally improved neighborhoods. Join us on this transformative journey!